The Hawks young core headlines the starting lineup, as first round draft pick Trae Young starts at point guard. Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince both are returning starters from last season, but may not see necessarily heavy starters minutes as the young Hawks look to spread out their minutes to a few other player. John Collins is a terrific second year player who looks destined to be someone Atlanta builds around moving forward. Collins is a lock when healthy at the four, but health has been an issue for him dating back to last season. The Hawks might shift around the center position at times, but Dewayne Dedmon seems to be the way they will go, but a timeshare with Alex Len will cap their minutes entirely. As the season goes on, Atlanta might experiment with some new lineups to try and get a sense for the future.
Preseason Analysis: Hawks Have Questions to Answer
In the midst of a rebuild, Atlanta is going to be looking for the future. They drafted Trae Young in the first round of the 2018 draft, who is a young point guard out of Oklahoma. Young has plenty of upside, and has similarities to Steph Curry. Malcolm Delaney and Isaiah Taylor are backup guards who are not going to make a ton of fantasy noise unless an injury occurs. With Dennis Schroder out of the picture, this opens up plenty of minutes for Young, who should see a sizable usage with Schroder in OKC. Kent Bazemore and Tyler Dorsey are two shooting guards to keep an eye on.
Bazemore is an up and down player, minutes will likely be there for him this season. It is hard to see Atlanta moving forward with most of these other names unless injuries occur. Taurean Prince showed up last season, and is a name to keep an eye on at small forward. Usage is fairly spread out in Atlanta, but when injuries occur Prince showed the ability to lead this offense. He is an athletic wing with offensive and defensive upside. He is worth watching if he can take another step forward and build upon the second half that he had last season. John Collins is coming into his sophomore year, and when healthy was a double-double threat. Collins minutes were an issue, but with a lack of depth at power forward in Atlanta, he should take a major jump this season. Center has not been an area of stability since Al Horford left, and Dewayne Dedmon is more known for his blocks and rebounding ability. Atlanta recently traded Mike Muscala away, and signed Alex Len and Miles Plumlee. Len should see some fantasy use backing up Dedmon. Len struggled with consistency in Phoenix, but brings some help to Atlanta.